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Bell-shaped Sewing Basket

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The baskets in Anne Howells collection were made by Native Americans living in the Northeast. The majority are from Wabanaki communities in Maine and eastern Canada, including Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot. There are also a few baskets made by Abenaki people from Quebec and Native peoples from southern New England.

This basket style was originally created by Yvonne Robert, Abenaki, of Odanak, Quebec. Although the Abenaki are not a federally recognized tribe in Maine, they have close historical and cultural ties to Maine's Native American communities. Many of the Abenaki who left the Kennebec River valley following the English raid on Norridgewock in 1724 settled in Odanak.

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  • Title: Bell-shaped Sewing Basket
  • Creator: Robert, Yvonne
  • Creation Date: circa 1981
  • Subject Date: circa 1981
  • Town: Odanak
  • State: QC
  • Media: ash, sweetgrass
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 23 cm
  • Local Code: AM390
  • Collection: Anne Molloy Howells Collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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